ATK holds the edge over Mumbai City FC in semi-final first-leg tie
Atlético de Kolkata outsmart Mumbai City FC 3-2 in the first leg of semi-final of Hero Indian Super League season 3. It was a game which see five goals scored in the first-half itself, and there were no goals scored in the second-half. Atletico de Kolkata got the early lead, when attacking midfieler Lalrindika Ralte gave them the lead three minutes into the game. But, two quick goals from Leo Costa (19th) and Gerson Vieira (29th) put the visitors Mumbai City ahead in the game, only for in-form Iain Hume to restore home team lead with his quick brace, and both team goes into the tunnel at half-time with 3-2 scoreline, which ends up as final score.
Second-half wasn’t quite fascinating as first-half, but in the heat of the moment Mumbai City FC suffered another blow as well adding to the defeat they suffered at Rabindra Sarovar Stadium. Their marquee man Diego Forlan received a red card in 74th minutes, which will see Mumbai will be playing without the Uruguayan in second-leg. But, it will play a role in future, it wasn’t expected from the veteran striker to leave his team in trouble situation when they needed him the most.
Kolkata lead came early, when Borja Fernandez put a ball into the box and Lalrindika header put the ball into the net. It was the first goal by a domestic player from Kolkata this year and the fastest of the season at two minutes and eight seconds.
Although ATK lead didn’t last long, Mumbai also bounced back. Leo Costa made a quick reaction to a Diego Forlan free-kick, after ball came scrambling towards his leg when Sunil Chhetri and Henrique Sereno failed in their attempt. He calmly slotted the ball into the net beating ATK goalkeeper Dani Mallo, to make it all level at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium.
Diego Forlan was at the centre of every Mumbai attack, until he received marching order from the referee. It was his free-kick again from the right into the box, which helped Vieira to give Mumbai City lead in 29th minute. It was a perfect setting for the visitors, but they didn’t keep their calm and in result conceded two quick fire to give an edge to the hosts again.
ATK levelled back and takes the lead as well with Iain Hume quick brace. In 39th minute, Lalrindika’s made a brilliant cross from the left which Doutie efficiently played towards Hume, who finished as usually as he does to make it 2-2. For Kolkata luck was also on their side, as Ralte conceded a penalty to block Helder Postiga in the box. Hume scored from the spot to score his 7th of the season.
Hume had the opportunity to extend ATK lead within eight minutes into the second-half from a Prabir Das cross. But, Amrinder was quick to react to rescue the situation for Mumbai, and put the ball behind for an ATK corner. Hume had the evening to remember as he had another chance just before the hour mark from Doutie crossed from the right into the near post, but Hume managed to get his left foot to the ball but couldn’t keep his effort on target.
Things got worse for Mumbai City in 74th minute, when Forlan picked up his second yellow of the night for a foul on Jewel Raja and received the marching order. Kolkata put their all effort to make something of their man advantage count, but Mumbai kept their calm and didn’t break in final 15 minutes. They put on a show not to kill the tie in the first-leg itself, as scored ended 3-2 in Kolkata favour. If they play well at their home, they can get over Kolkata goal advantage infront their home crowd.